Jacobsen scores four to lead Ducks past Oilers

By Jim den Hollander
The Dells Ducks exploded for nine goals and its second win in three games to open play at the Islanders Hockey Club Showcase at Merrimack College in East Andover, MA Friday (Nov. 19) morning.

The Ducks brushed the Wooster Oilers, from the Great Lakes Division aside in its first of four weekend contests taking the game to its foe to the tune of a 55-44 edge on the shot clock.

The Ducks have a history with the Oilers going back to its Minnesota Junior Hockey League days, including a playoff series win in one of the Ducks’ best seasons.
Despite a 14-10 edge in shots in the opening period, the Ducks trailed 1-0 heading to the middle period and the Oilers added another before the Ducks responded with eight-straight goals, three in the second and five more in the third before Wooster finally collected its third.
Ten different Ducks picked up at least a point, including Bryce Jacobsen (‘02/Deforest, WI) with four goals and two assists. Jacob Cartland (’02/Mukwonago, WI) added a goal and three helpers, Jayden Tkaczuk (’02/Channahon, IL) and Jack Kopfstein (’05/Vista, CA) each setting up three as well.

Seth Stoutenburg (‘03/Roseville, MN scored his first goal as a Duck, adding an assist, and Caden Glamkowski (‘04/St. Charles, IL) also collected a goal and assist.

Also firing their first goals as a Duck were Dawson Blue (’03/Norrth Richland Hills, TX) and Zachary Windom (’05/Allen, TX). Kai Neumaier (’03/St. Charles, TX) and Gage Senio (’04/Red Deer, AB) added assists.

Anthony Falzone (‘03/St. Charles, IL) kicked out 41of 44shots to garner his second win of the season.
The win is the third of the season for the Ducks, equaling last season’s total and leaving the team two points shy of last season’s total.
The second day at Merrimack will be tougher and for sure busier, beginning at 8:50 a.m. CST when they face off against the Cincinnati Cyclones, a first-year team, also in the Great Lakes Division and led by former Hudson Havoc forward Drake Barnish, an Ohio native who enters the game as the league’s points leader with 29 goals and 55 points in his first 22 games.
The Ducks will return to the ice at 5:05 p.m. against the Potomac Patriots from the Southeast Division, a team the Ducks have never played before.
On Saturday, the Ducks will wrap up its weekend and its pre-Thanksgiving schedule with a 10:50 a.m. puck drop against the Jersey Whalers.

Cartland’s pair not enough for Ducks

By Jim den Hollander 



The Dells Ducks carried momentum into the second game of a two-game set in Isanti, MN Saturday (Nov. 13) but a rough middle period was the difference in a 6-2 loss. 

The team, coming off its first win in two months the previous night was clearly riding high at the beginning of the rematch and built a 2-0 lead through the first 14 minutes.  

Both Ducks’s goals came from Jacob Cartland, the ‘02 from Mukwonago who was among the state’s leading varsity scorers last season. Caden Glamkowski set up both for yet another multipoint game. He has now collected 30 points in 20 games, ranking him among the top 20 in the 64-team USPHL Premier League. 

Jayden Tkaczuk also picked up an assist for his 20th point, one more than he collected last season when he led the team in scoring. Defenseman Jack Kopstein had the other set up, his third of the weekend. 

Cartland’s second goal gave the Ducks its first two-goal lead of the season but it didn’t last long. Jared Petty got the Mallards on the board just 11 seconds later.  

The Ducks carried the 2-1 cushion into the middle period after staying even on the shot clock with 11 apiece. The Mallards dominated the second period though, scoring four unanswered goals and dominating the Ducks to the tune of 20-6 on the shot clock.  

The weekend series saw the Ducks hit the 20-game mark on the season and they will cross the halfway mark this weekend when they travel to Merrimack College in Andover, MA for the Islanders Hockey Club Showcase, playing four times against teams from other USPHL Premier Divisions, the final games before the team’s Thanksgiving Break. 

Ducks prepare for another tough weekend

By Jim den Hollander  



With a promising trio of games behind them this past weekend, a positive group of Dells Ducks entered a short week of practice.  

The first quarter of the season has wrapped up and with a 1-10-0-0 record nobody is popping champagne corks, but it’s not hard to find positives as the team simply looks better every time it hits the ice. 

This was supposed to be an easier season without the hassles and trials of a season plagued by pandemic issues from start to finish. But this team has faced adversity on and off the ice. What is left at this point is a understaffed, but focused and determined squad ready to face its challenges and confident it can improve. 

Adding the veteran presence of Jason Heard, a fearless and gritty ‘01 who leaves nothing on the ice and expects the same of everyone else on his team, will bring out the best on a team that includes some talented individuals. 

The Ducks face a tough challenge ahead as Heard will be unable to join them in the next challenge, four games in three days weekend at the Midwest-West Division Showcase, beginning early Thursday. 

In a span of just over 50 hours, the Ducks will hit the ice four times at the Fogerty Ice House in Blaine, MN. The first three games will see the Ducks facing getting rematches against the Minnesota Mullets and Rum River Mallards, the two teams closest to them in the standings and the Steele County Blades, off to an awesome start, but a team the Ducks hung tough with until the final 20 minutes on Sunday. 

The last game will be a tough one, against the Minnesota Blue Ox.  

The Ducks are a combined 0-7 against these four teams so far, but the team is confident with an improvement on previous efforts and solid goaltending they will contend for victories. 

There will be little reprieve for the Ducks in November as the team follows up the Showcase with nine games in the first three weeks of November including a three-game homestand and a second Showcase event at Merrimack College in Massachusetts before the Thanksgiving Break. 

First game of the weekend will faceoff at 12:30 p.m. Thursday against the Mullets. All Showcase games will be on HockeyTV. 

Ducks return from break and prepare for Moose

By Jim den Hollander 



Following its first off weekend of the season the Dells Ducks returned to work at the Lake Delton Ice Arena Monday, beginning a long stretch that won’t see them off again until Thanksgiving.  

Dells Ducks

October and November will see the team in action for seven straight weekends including two three-game sets and two four-game Showcase events in Blaine, MN and Merrimack College in New England. 

In all, the 20 games played in the next seven weeks will carry the team past the halfway mark on its 44-game USPHL Premier schedule. 

The last action for the Ducks was an encouraging weekend split with the Chicago Cougars. The team clearly is hoping to build on that momentum with two of the USPHL Premier Midwest-West Division’s perennial frontrunners next on the itinerary. 

Head Coach Shaun Falzone said there was a little rust to shake off in the first of two practices Monday, but added the team already looked better for the second session. All areas need improvement of course, but the transition game and limiting chances for the opposition is still the primary concern and likely will be for most of the season. 

The team looks more organized and confident in its own end, but still has some lengthy lapses and counted on some stellar goaltending performances to counter a pair of games this past weekend both surpassing 60 shots against. 

This weekend’s series will begin Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and wrap up with a matinee contest Sunday at 1:30 p.m.